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Pesticide laced roti claims six lives in Dhading

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DHADING —

Six people from a family died and 20 others became sick apparently after consuming toxin laced rotis, at Pida-8 of Tukun in Dhading locale on Sunday.

According to the District Police Office (DPO), Dhading, the deceased have been identified as Santa Bahadur Tamang, 60; his daughter in-law Fulmaya, 25; and grandchildren Sabita, 7; Arjun, 5; Ramesh, 5; and Sanu Kanchhi, 2.

The two-year-old breathed her last on the way to the hospital, while others died sometime during treatment.

Among the victims, 15 of them were referred to Kathmandu for treatment; four are undergoing treatment at Shiva Jyoti Hospital, Balkhu, while the rest have been admitted to Manmohan Memorial Hospital, Swoyambhu.

As per Dr Ram Prasad Shrestha, therapeutic chief of Manmohan Memorial Hospital, six of the 11 patients are in the emergency unit. One is said to be in critical condition.

Santa had washed the wheat grain laced with pesticide before taking it to a crushing plant. He had also left two manas of flour as payment to the plant holder Tilak Bahadur Dong.

Tragedy struck the Syangtan family when they consumed rotis made by crushing wheat seeds laced with pesticide.

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Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidency

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MALE — Maldives opposition legislator Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has beaten incumbent Abdulla Yameen according to provisional results, the country’s Elections Commission says.

Results released by the Elections Commission showed Mr Solih securing 133,808 votes (58.3 percent) compared to the 95,526 for incumbent Abdulla Yameen. The voter turnout was over 88 per cent out of the 262,000-strong electorate.

The Maldives government has acknowledged the opposition’s victory after the vote on Sunday, a surprise defeat for President Abdulla Yameen who was widely expected to win.

There were no other candidates.

Mr Solih had the backing of a united opposition trying to oust Mr Yameen, but struggled for visibility with the electorate, with local media fearful of falling afoul of heavy-handed decrees and reporting restrictions.

“I call on Yameen to respect the will of the people and bring about a peaceful, smooth transfer of power,” Solih said on television, shortly after interim results from the country’s election commission.

“We have won this election with a comfortable majority,” Solih said.

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